Rhode Island native Olivia Culpo couldn’t have been crowned Miss Universe at a better time. The Miss Boston Scholarship Organization has just revealed the 16 contestants competing in the Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge 2013 pageant at the Park Plaza Hotel on February 10, and if a once Boston University sophomore could model her way to Miss Universe, what does that mean for the slew of students now crossing their perfectly manicured fingers, hoping for their shot at stardom?
Olivia Culpo was named Miss Universe in December, following her win in June’s Miss USA pageant. At the time, Culpo was attending Boston University, making herself a regular on the Dean’s List. After she was announced the Miss Universe winner, however, Culpo also announced she wouldn’t be returning to strut the streets of Commonwealth Avenue, because although she does want to finish her education, Boston couldn’t “advance her ambition to become an actress.”
Yet, the 16 set to compete in the 2013 Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge pageant are prepared to bring the title back home to the Hub, or at least the title of Miss America. They just need to make it through this initial round first.
The Miss Boston Scholarship Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to providing scholarships to women between the ages of 17 and 24. Contestants compete in four categories–interview, talent, swimsuit and evening gown–and the winners are granted over $2,500 in scholarships and prizes and go on to compete in the Miss Massachusetts in June. The winner of Miss Massachusetts then advances to Miss America, separate from Donald Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe competitions.
This year’s contestants hail from colleges all around Greater Boston, including MIT, Bentley, the New England Conservatory, Wheelock, Wellesley, UMass Boston, Emmanuel and the Boston Conservatory. The 2012 Miss Boston Winner, Harvard student Kelsey Beck, is also set to compete for the crown again this year, after previously wooing the crowd with her piano playing skills and evening wear.
(Yes, the obvious question is: Should that even be allowed? But, we’ve been told Beck can only compete for the Miss Cambridge crown.)
Tickets to the 2013 Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge pageant are available. Tickets range from $25 to $40, but $40 does give you access to reserved seating within five rows of the Park Plaza Hotel stage. And, who knows, you could be looking at the next Miss America.
Curious to see who’s competing? We rounded up information from the Miss Boston Facebook page and included it below. If one of the girls catches your eye, be sure to vote for them in the People’s Choice contest. Then, when the lucky lady does win, you can say, “I knew her when.”